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GSSI to Host Girl Scouts from Around the Nation for Total Eclipse of the Heartland Destination



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is hosting 47 Girl Scouts from around the nation for a Girl Scouts Destination, or organization-wide travel experience, centered around the total solar eclipse on August 21.  This program was funded by a grant from NASA.

Named “Total Eclipse of the Heartland,” the four day program will engage girls in a multitude of space science activities, including stargazing at camp with River Bend Astronomy Club, sessions at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Live Sky and Eclipse lab, a visit to Challenger Learning Center and even a Skype conversation with Dr. Sandra Magnus, GSSI alumna and former NASA astronaut.   Activities will culminate with a trip to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for eclipse viewing near the exact location of the longest duration of total eclipse.  While at SIU, girls will also participate in a massive Science & Tech Expo and be featured on NASA’s live megacast of eclipse events.

“This is a very exciting time for our girls,” said GSSI CEO Sarah Durbin. “We are so proud and excited to connect our STEM programming with such a vibrant opportunity that just happens to pass through our girls’ back yards.”